Mariama and Isabelle are excited to present this week's show, featuring a conversation between Gustavo Esteva and Anu Sharma---cant wait for you to hear it! Gustavo Esteva is a deprofessionalized intellectual from Oaxaca Mexico who came to speak at Wesleyan this past week about post development, social change from the bottom up, and the Zapatista's. We were lucky enough to be able to have an interview between him and Wesleyan Anthropology Professor Anu Sharma here at the WESU studio.
Anu Sharma, who was influenced by his work as a graduate student, is an associate professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University. Professor Sharma's work focuses on the anthroplogical study of global projects of neoliberal governance and development. Her previous research focused on empowerment as a global strategy of development and democratic governance and examined its effects on citizen and state identities and relationships in contemporary India, culminating in the publication of Logics of Empowerment: Development, Gender and Governance in Neoliberal India. Her current work is on empowerment mobilizations and citizen-activist-state interfaces in New Delhi in the context of the 2005 Indian Right to Information Act.
Gustavo Esteva is an independent writer and grassroots activist. He works both independently and in conjunction with a variety of Mexican NGOs and grassroots organizations and communities. Gustavo is also an active voice within the âdeprofessionalizedâ segment of the Southern intellectual community. He rejects both the terminology and constructs of development in all its forms as inherently destructive of the human processes by which common people work to recreate community as a creative expression of their culture and aspirations. Gustavo argues that even the âalternativeâ development prescriptions lead inexorably to depriving the people of control over their own lives and shifting this control to bureaucrats, technocrats, and educators. Rather than presume that human progress fits some predetermined mold leading toward an increasing homogenization of cultures and life styles, he prefers a âradical pluralismâ that honors and nurtures distinctive culture variety and enables many paths to the realization of self-defined aspirations. In Grassroots Postmodernism: Remaking the Soil of Cultures and Escaping Education: Living as Learning at the Grassroots, that he wrote with Madhu S. Prakash, he elaborates on his thesis.
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